The Bansko World Cup slalom race had to be canceled after the first 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. Despite the challenging conditions, a large crowd had gathered in the stands and athletes were ready to compete. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many of them battling visibility and wet goggles.
FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the conditions were unsafe for the remaining racers and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. After careful consideration of the forecast for the second run, Waldner noted that the conditions would only get worse, making it unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue competing. The next slalom race will take place at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.